Richard “Dick” Baysinger

Dick Baysinger PhotoRichard “Dick” Baysinger passed away on November 14 in Wenatchee, Washington.  Dick was born on March 6, 1922, in Casper, Wyoming, to Tallemon and Rose (Ritschard) Baysinger.  He graduated from high school in Lingle, Wyoming.

Dick joined the Army and served as a paratrooper with the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team during World War II.  He was wounded while serving his country, was honorably discharged, and received the Purple Heart.  After his discharge he moved to Moscow, Idaho, where he met Donna Hites.  They were married in 1947 and had sons Rickie and Charles.  They divorced in 1971 and Dick moved to Wenatchee, Washington, where he was employed as a sheet metal worker for Wells and Wade.

Dick loved to sing and was a member of the “Extra Fancy” Barbershop Quartet in Wenatchee for many years.  He also played the piano and the accordion.  Dick excelled at pool and loved to share his knowledge with those interested in improving their skills both in Wenatchee and in Moscow.  He played in a league in Moscow until he was 92.    He and Rick cut firewood until he was 80 years old.

He is survived by sons Rick (Jodie) of Wenatchee, Washington; and Chuck (Cheryl) of Moscow, Idaho; sister Berniece Marlin, Torrington, Wyoming; brother Orrie Baysinger, Las Vegas, Nevada; sister in law Gretha Baysinger of Arvada, Colorado, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in the Torrington, Wyoming area.

Dick was predeceased by his parents, step father Charlie Hood, brother Lyle and grandson Mickey.

Special thanks to Barbara Rutherford of the Wenatchee Veterans Clinic, Bonaventure staff, and Central Washington Hospital hospice volunteers Gail and Kim for their assistance and care as dad’s health declined.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Moscow Cemetery with Military Honors.

Local arrangements are with Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, ID, and online condolences may be sent to


3 Responses to Richard “Dick” Baysinger

  1. Kathy Lemargie says:

    I was just thinking about Dick just two weeks ago. I taught a second grade class our Japan Unit and one of the favorite activities of the students was learning and perfecting the tile game of Mah Jongg. We continued to meet at the local recreation center that summer of 2005. I don’t know how Dick found out about this but after contacting me he asked if he could participate with the children. I told him these 7 and 8 year olds were very competitive and had mastered the difficult game but he thought he could keep up! So, this 83 year old man drove to Ephrata every Wednesday that summer and so enjoyed the children and their strategies while he learned the game. He was so much fun and so very enthusiastic. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered his obituary in the Wenatchee World. It sounds like he lead a productive and much loved life.

  2. Marge, Lon, and Micki Gray says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Dick was such a pleasure to know. Great humor and kindness. Heaven gains a true sweetheart of a man and we will miss him.

  3. Lisa Liiamaa says:

    I have known Dick for over twenty years. He was the love of my life. Though the last few years we lived on opposite sides of the country,we always kept in touch. I will always hold him in my heart and remember all the good times we shared, whether it was playing Mah Jongg with my late son in Wenatchee or going to barbershop functions, or the many times we went to Las Vegas to pool tournaments and we even bundgy jumped there,or just going dancing and spending quiet evenings at home. We shared so so much. I will truly miss him.

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